I've never used the "glyphy" thing, so I won't even try...
The latest housing block (common) that I've worked up is a basic 'U' shape, containing 25 Common houses arranged on both sides of a 'U' shaped Avenue, with the Agora, College, Drama School, Maintenance and Tax at one end of the 'U', all the culturals at the other end end of the 'U'... the Fountain is in the middle (outside) of the 'U', and the whole thing is surrounded by 2-tile-wide Parks, with a 10x2 row of Parks running down the center of the 'U'. I deliberately duplicated a Maintenance Office and Tax Office, so there's one on either end of the 'U', and it was necessary to place a second Infirmary at the other end of the 'U'.
This description probably stinks , so check out the actual screen cap on my Foundry (http://foundry.4mg.com/index.html) site, on the Population page. Fully developed, it holds 1500 people... a nice round number, especially for stuff like "Perseus and Medusa" ep. 6
Occasionally for a smaller block in a narrow area I'll use just a basic straight line... 3 or 4 houses on either side of an Avenue, with all the supply stuff at one end, and all the cultural at the other, the whole shebang surrounded by 2 or 3 tile wide Parks.